Call to relocate futsal court


Tan pointing to the futsal court and car park as viewed from Than Hsiang Temple. The white building on the left is the Sikh Gurdwara while the one on the right is the church. Parts of the Hindu temple (in yellow) can be seen behind the church while further down the road is the Penang Snake Temple.

THE Penang government has been urged to find a new site for the futsal court located on land allocated for non-Islamic houses of worship (Ribi) in Bayan Baru.

The late games have been disturbing the peace of the area where devotees go for prayers and quiet meditation at the Buddhist, Sikh, Christian, Hindu and Taoist temples there.

Than Hsiang Buddhist Welfare Association adviser Datuk Tan Gin Soon said the committee highlighted in June about youths gathering at the futsal court till late midnight.

“After our concerns were raised, Batu Maung assemblyman Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim instructed that operations at the futsal court should end by 10pm.

“However, till now we still observe players spending time at the court past 10pm with the games even dragging till midnight on weekends,” he told a press conference at the temple yesterday.

He said the car park beside the futsal court had become a gathering place for motorcyclists.

The noise from the engines of their machines could be heard loudly late at night, he added.

A screenshot of a CCTV recording showing motorcyclists gathering at the car park beside the futsal court close to 11pm last Saturday.

A screenshot of a CCTV recording showing motorcyclists gathering at the car park beside the futsal court close to 11pm last Saturday.

The futsal court is bounded on three sides by Than Hsiang Temple, the Gurdwara Sahib Bayan Baru and the Charismatic Church of Penang along Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah.

Also along the same row are the Sri Vishwanather Sri Visalatchi Temple and the Penang Snake Temple.

Behind the row of houses of worship are the Halaman Mayang Pasir terrace homes.

Tan said the futsal games and gathering of motorcyclists were disturbing the serenity of the places of worship and also the sleep of residents staying around this area.

“We believe a permanent solution for this problem is a relocation of the futsal court to a more suitable site,” he said.

However, Tan said the temple management had yet to meet the futsal court operator, but was in the midst of planning a meeting soon.

“We will also approach Abdul Malik and show him our CCTV footage of activities carried out at night.

“If no action is taken after our meeting, we may send a memorandum to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng,” he added.

When contacted, Abdul Malik, who is also the state Religious Affairs Committee chairman, said he would arrange a meeting with the temple committee soon.

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